GreenField Ethanol Inc., Canada’s leading ethanol producer, and SunOpta Inc today announced a new joint venture to develop a commercial-scale plant that will produce ethanol from wood chips.
The plant is slated to produce 40 million litres of cellulosic ethanol per year, making it the first operating commercial cellulose ethanol plant in the world using wood chips.
“This partnership combines decades of GreenField’s experience in developing world-class ethanol plants and SunOpta’s experience in developing cellulose pre-treatment technologies,” said Bob Gallant, President and CEO of GreenField Ethanol. “This new joint venture creates unparalleled experience in developing cellulose technology.”
GreenField Ethanol and SunOpta are actively involved in selecting a site for the plant in Ontario or Quebec.
GreenField Ethanol and SunOpta’s BioProcess Group will own the new joint venture 50/50.
SunOpta BioProcess Group is a leader in the design, construction and optimization of biomass conversion equipment and facilities. With more than 30 years of experience in delivering biomass solutions worldwide, the BioProcess Group combines its application expertise with innovative technologies to produce cellulosic ethanol, cellulosic butanol, xylitol, and dietary fiber for human consumption; and is currently supplying equipment and technology to three cellulosic ethanol projects in the U.S., Spain, and China.
GreenField Ethanol, formerly Commercial Alcohols, is Canada’s leading ethanol producer. The company produces 215-million litres a year of corn-based ethanol at its plants in Chatham and Tiverton, Ontario. A third facility in Varennes, Quebec is slated to open in February 2007 and two more plants are under construction in Hensall and Johnstown, Ontario, and will be operational in 2008. GreenField Ethanol will be one of the top producers in North America with five operating plants, producing more than 700-million litres of ethanol per year by 2008.
GreenField’s fuel is available at more than 1,500 gas stations across Canada.